This Hornet’s sting is set on kill. Call it a late-night, no-excuses, full road-race AMC with a tag! No good parts you say? Make it happen with a tube chassis, custom IRS, and SLA-style front suspension, road-race ’cage, and force fit a 392 Hemi, or maybe a twin-turbo 360 underhood. Why not?
To clean it up, Brian Stupski’s AMC body gets a mild shave, a flush-fit windshield, molded driprails, a narrowed, tucked, molded, and drilled front bumper, a chin spoiler and splitters, and the hood gets the centersection of a new Challenger hood. The factory grille bar is painted, and the stock parking light holes now serve as ducts to feed the turbos. Modern halo lighting resides in the stock lamp housings. Hornets already have a bit of a flare to the wheelwelljust exaggerate it a bit to fit a set of Forgeline ZX3Rs with big, sticky rubber.
For the paint, the trick here is using all of the uncool stock junk in a fresh way. Douse it a bright yellow with matte black hood accents, and lay down a cleaned-up version of the factory side stripes.
Brian Stupski’s first encounter with vintage AF/X Funny Cars in his youth ruined him. Ever since then, he’s envisioned taking a mundane Mopar and giving it the altered wheelbase, the stretched nose, huge meats, a blown mill ... and functional doors. Crazy, right?
Maybe, but take a look at this awe-inspiring ’63 Savoy. To get the look, move the rear wheels up tight to the doors like any good altered-wheelbase car, and stretch the front fenders a good foot or so. If you can’t commit there, don’t bother; that’s the jaw-dropping magic of this build. Despite appearances, this Funny is for more than straight-line fun. Think custom chassis setup for handling, and 17- to 18-inch Schott billet rollers up front (which retain the vintage look), and some giant Real Rodders wheels out back. Mammoth-sized meats are a requisite! As for the power team, drop in a blown Hemi (what else?) with EFI, and back it with a six-speed so you can freak out everyone on the freeway.
Red-tinted glass and the mild panel paint set the vintage vibe, and that Moon tank up front? It’ll be a dual-compartment piece, and hold coolant on one side, and reserve oil on the other. Interiorwise, think modern seats for comfort and control, covered in vinyl with vintage cloth inserts. Crushed velvet diamond tuft? Hell, yes!
Here’s a boring dream car that’s actually going together. The ’69-70 SportsRoof Mustang is the it car right now, so to avoid looking like they were joining the bandwagon, Goolsby Custom decided to bring some life and coolness to the otherwise forgotten and somewhat undesirable ’71-73 Mustang. The goal was to blend the ’11 Mustang with the ’71, so Goolsby tapped Ben Hermance to make the disparate designs integrate seamlessly into something that felt like a ready-for-production concept car.
To make Hermance’s beautiful rendering a reality, the lengthy front end is getting shortened by 6 inches, and the whole wheelbase loses an inch. The body line, which typically fades to oblivion right behind the door, will now wrap down and around to form a more traditional Mustang body cove that ties into the stock lower body line. Up front, a custom grille modeled after the ’11 Mustang GT will be created and use ’11 headlights and marker lights. The bumper gets reshaped and tucked, and the lower air dam is custom formed. In the rear, the tailpanel is pushed in a couple inches to create a more dramatic look to the ’71’s ducktail. The taillights, however, are custom pieces that harken to the ’69 and ’70 Mustang. Did you notice the rear glass? It’ll be sunk inward to roughly ’71 coupe proportions, which will transform the fastback into flying buttresses with a pass-through spoiler. Slick, huh?